Born in Falmouth in 1852, Katharine Lee Bates was an American songwriter. She is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". She popularized "Mrs. Santa Claus" through her poem Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride. So on Aug. 12, her Birthday, I was honored to be a "celebrity" reader for the Falmouth Museum on the Green's celebration of Falmouth's beloved Daughter.
The event featured the winners of a Poetry Contest held by the Museum, (So much talent!) a visit from KLB herself and a few of us celebrity readers! I was the first reader. What did I choose? Something I have had memorized for a LONG time. Pearl Jam's Push Me Pull Me. Because nothing says Poetry like Eddie Vedder.
"Push Me, Pull Me"
I had a false belief I thought I came here to stay We're all just visiting All just breaking like waves The oceans made me, but who came up with love? Push me, pull me, push me, or pull me out Push me, pull me, or pull me out
So if there were no angels, would there be no sin? You better stop me before I begin But let me say: if I behave, can you arrange a spacious hole in the ground Somewhere nice, make it nice Where the land meets high tide Push me, pull me, or pull me out Push me, pull me
Like a cloud dropping rain I'm discarding all thought I'll dry up, leaving puddles on the ground I'm like an opening band for the sun Push me, pull me I've had enough, said enough, felt enough, I'm fine, still in it
Read more about the event here in the Falmouth Bulletin: CLICK
I was quoted!
"I talk for a living but putting down my thoughts on the page is a lot harder, she said. Think of yourselves as curators of life. People write down history but only poets can be the time machines that take us back to the feeling of a place."
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!